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HALL OF FAME HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION “IRON” MIKE TYSON
RETURNING TO CANASTOTA FOR 2018 HOF WEEKEND
2011 Hall of Fame Inductee to honor the Class of 2018
including SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray
CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 16, 2018 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced today legendary heavyweight champion of the world “Iron” Mike Tyson will return to Canastota to celebrate and honor the Class of 2018 during Induction Weekend festivities set for June 7-10th. “Mike Tyson electrified boxing fans across the globe during his championship career and remains one of the most popular fighters in history,” said Hall of Fame director Edward Brophy. “We are thrilled that he will be returning to Canastota to celebrate the Class of 2018, including his close friend, SHOWTIME broadcaster Jim Gray.” Born on June 30, 1966 in Brooklyn, NY, Tyson turned pro in 1985. Behind his trademark peek-a-boo defense, quick hand speed and swarming combination punching, Tyson quickly rose to the top of the heavyweight division. He stopped WBC king Trevor Berbick (TKO 2) in 1986 to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history. He unified titles against WBA champ James Smith (W 12) and IBF champ Tony Tucker (W 12) before stopping Michael Spinks in 91 seconds to earn universal recognition as champion in 1988. In 1990 he lost the title in an upset loss to James “Buster” Douglas. Tyson reclaimed the WBC and WBA titles in bouts with Frank Bruno (TKO 3) and Bruce Seldon (TKO 1) respectively in 1996. “Iron” Mike retired from the ring in 2005 with a 50-6, 2 NC (44 KOs) record and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2011. Many events in “Boxing’s Hometown” of Canastota throughout the four-day celebration are planned, including a 5K Race / Fun Run, golf tournament, boxing autograph card show, VIP Cocktail Reception, Parade of Champions and the Official Induction Ceremony on the Hall of Fame Museum Grounds. The Hall of Fame Weekend evening events include Friday night’s Fight Night at Turning Stone and Saturday’s Banquet of Champions. Both events will take place at Turning Stone Resort Casino. An impressive list of over 35 boxing greats from the United States and abroad are scheduled to participate in weekend festivities. For more information on the events planned for the 2018 International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend, please call the Hall of Fame at (315) 697-7095, like the Hall on Facebook and follow on Twitter.
TURNING STONE RESORT CASINO
OFFICIAL RESORT CASINO OF THE INTERNATIONAL BOXING HALL OF FAME WEEKEND
In October, Turning Stone Resort Casino and the International Boxing Hall of Fame announced a major five-year partnership. The multifaceted program will spotlight the entire region, garnering national attention and will boost Central New York tourism. The program includes a series of exhilarating nationally-televised boxing events at Turning Stone and will culminate every year in June with an elaborate and bigger-than-ever International Boxing Hall of Fame Weekend celebration with several events, promotions, restaurant specials and more. Turning Stone has become internationally-known for legendary fight-of-the-year level boxing matches, rivaling arenas in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Miami. In fact, one of the very first fights held at the resort was boxing legend Hector “Macho” Camacho defeating Tommy Small in a sixth round knockout. Over the years, several Boxing Hall-of-Famers and boxing legends have fought or promoted fights at Turning Stone, including Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto and Oscar de la Hoya.